Stefanos Tsigrimanis Memorial Fund

A memorial fund has been established in memory of Stefanos Tsigrimanis at the Program in Hellenic Studies, Department of Classics, Columbia    University. Titled ‘The Stefanos Tsigrimanis Memorial Fund,’ it will commemorate and honor a talented and generous young man, who taught Greek language, literature, and culture with panache in our program, but who died, tragically, in a bicycle accident in his beloved New York, on the first day of classes, in September 2010. Stefanos was 29 years old. The fund aims to inspire students to cultivate an appreciation for two of Stefanos’s most heartfelt passions: the richness of the Greek language and the cultural vibrancy of New York City. Funds will be used to support student attendance and participation at events related to modern Greek culture, and more especially contemporary Greek culture, in New York City. The funds will exclusively support the classes that Stefanos taught so ably during his time at Columbia, in elementary and intermediate modern Greek language and conversation.

Stefanos Tsigrimanis came to New York City from Greece in 2005 to study for his M.A. at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to join the Ph.D program in Performance Studies at NYU, where he thrived and seemed to have found an ideal home for his varied creative talents. Since 2007, too, he taught conversation classes here at the Program in Hellenic Studies. Stefanos established a lively and warm rapport with his students while pointing out to the rest of us what was hot (and what was not) on the New York scene. On the day of his tragic  death, he was to accept full teaching responsibility for the Beginners class in Modern Greek Language and Culture. Stefanos was vital to this community in all senses of the word. For he brought to it a prodigious set of talents: Stefanos Tsigrimanis (aka Animal Nudity) was a mercurial guitarist, photographer, avant-gardist, writer, and poet. He will be forever remembered.

The Program in Hellenic Studies is grateful to Stefanos’s mother, Ms. Eleni Tsigrimanis, for her courage and support in the creation of this fitting memorial for her only son. The Program is also indebted to Ms. Litsa Lembessi for her generous support of the initiative.

Image: Stefanos Tsigrimanis

"Εσύ και εγώ μέσα από τον Έλιοτ" (You and I by way of T.S. Eliot)
A Poetic One-Act Play
From Περιουσία (Estate), a book by Litsa Lembessi
Read by Litsa Lembessi & Stefanos Tsigrimanis
With a frontispiece by Georgios Cheimonas

Lyrics from six poems by Eliot
Shredded to pieces
Read as two parallel monologues
More so for the stage
than as a dialogue between
man and woman


By Check
You can make out a check to ‘Columbia University.’ Please include a note with instructions for directing your gift to ensure that it is properly credited. Mail checks to the Gift Systems Department at the following address:

Columbia University Gift Systems
MC 4524
622 W. 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
phone 1-866-GIFTSYS
fax 212-851-1240
e-mail: [email protected]

By Credit Card
A credit card gift to Columbia is not only convenient, it also entitles you to the same income-tax deduction as a gift of cash. To make your credit card gift, go to our secure online gift form, at: By pressing “Classics, Department of…” in the “Select a School or Division” field, “The Stefanos Tsigrimanis Fund” will automatically appear in the Designation field underneath it. Or call us toll-free at (866) GIFTSYS (1-866-443-8797).